Thursday, January 3, 2013

Donnelly Sworn In

Senator Donnelly (and Senator Feinstein) Swears In
Flanked by outgoing U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Evan Bayh, Joe Donnelly was sworn in for a six-year term today by the President of the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden.

While just a Senate freshman, Donnelly will certainly become a very important Senator to watch.  Donnelly already is on record saying now that the fiscal cliff has been averted temporarily that spending cuts have to be the order of the day.  He's absolutely correct.

Had I been in Congress, I likely would have voted for the legislation to avert the fiscal cliff, but I would not have liked it one bit.  This Congress needs to work together with President Obama, and I just don't know if that will happen.  With historic approval lows, someone in Congress needs to realize what needs to be done.  Spending must be addressed, and it doesn't have to be education, social security, and medicare that get axed.

While I haven't always agreed with him, I got to know Donnelly a little bit over the last few months through his campaign for Senate, and I like what I saw.  He's a "what you see is what you get" guy.  He will vote for his principles over his party loyalties, and I have a lot of confidence that he will be a Senator Indiana can be proud of when looking at his conduct and record.  He's a true moderate in a Congress that has fewer of those than many can remember.

Congratulations Senator Donnelly and best of luck carrying on in the tradition of your predecessor, Senator Richard Lugar.

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